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Hair Diversity in the U.S. Navy


In this Transformation Day post, we salute the U.S. Navy, which finally updated its grooming standards, allowing servicewomen more flexibility in hairstyles. The policy shift has been a long time coming, and it's not perfect, but it's a start Read more

KS News Desk: Hair Products and Toxic Chemicals


From the Karline's Salon news desk, there's a ticker tape of articles on toxic chemicals found in many popular hair products. A cautionary and true study of what you put on your hair may be harmful to your health. Read more

Hair Story: Maya Rudolph


Maya Rudolph is one heck of an actor and comedian. Remember her "on-point" SNL impersonation of Donatella Versace, hilarious bridal salon scene in Bridesmaids, or tender moments in Away We Go? But beyond the screen, Maya, the daughter of Read more

Hair Flick Pick: ‘Nappily Ever After’ On Netflix


The "mane (main) attraction" that has everyone talking right now is the Netflix comedy-drama, Nappily Ever After. It's our pick for a hair flick for two reasons. One, it stars actor Sanaa Lathan of The Best Man, Love and Read more

Hair Trend Weigh In: Autumn-Inspired Color


Not that it makes a difference to those of us who live in South Florida's tropical paradise, but the fall season is here, and as the saying goes, life's too short to have boring hair. Now, let's go with the Read more

Back2Basics: What's Your Hair Type?


Class is now in session, and it is time to go back to basics for an elementary lesson on hair type. Review the following strands of thought to understand your type of hair. Hairstylist Andre Walker is responsible for the Read more

Never Have You Ever Tried a Mayonnaise Hair Mask?


  Never have you ever tried a mayonnaise hair mask? There are a few strands of thought on this do-it-yourself mixture for hair moisture, frizz reduction, strength, growth, and yikes, lice treatment. A mayonnaise hair mask is touted as an alternative Read more

The beYOUtiful Life: Orange You Obsessed with this Nicki Minaj Hair Color


In this edition of the beYOUtiful Life, let's look at one of the hair colors Nicki Minaj rocked to usher in the start of a new season. We just have to ask, orange you obsessed?  We confess this color Read more

Transformation Day: The Benefits Of Flaxseed Oil For Hair!


According to registered dietitian and healthline.com contributor, Rachael Link, flaxseeds provide many health benefits and flaxseed oil, made from flaxseeds that have been ground and pressed to release their natural oil, has a wide variety of uses, ranging from Read more

The beYOUtiful Life: Rihanna's Short Bob


In this edition of The beYOUtiful Life, let's take a look at Rihanna's latest hairstyle, the short bob. There have been plenty of hair transformations this summer, but this one might just be the best one yet. As Cosmopolitan found, Read more

Transformation Day: The Benefits Of Flaxseed Oil For Hair!

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According to registered dietitian and healthline.com contributor, Rachael Link, flaxseeds provide many health benefits and flaxseed oil, made from flaxseeds that have been ground and pressed to release their natural oil, has a wide variety of uses, ranging from cooking to skin care. In this Transformation Day post, let’s look at the benefits of flaxseed oil for hair.

The flaxseed oil is somewhat lesser known when it comes to the benefits that it owes to the hair. …Before getting to anything, let us first know what flaxseed oil really is and what all does it contains. Following are some of the essential nutrients that the flaxseed oil contains:

1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

As mentioned above, flaxseed oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. This nutrient is really good for maintaining a good heart health. The non-vegetarian people can get their share of omega-3 fatty acids from the chicken and the fish. However, the vegetarian lot can get theirs from the flaxseeds or flaxseed oil.

2. Fiber

Flaxseed is widely known to constitute both soluble and the insoluble kinds of fiber. This is great when one wants a proper digestion and a healthy bowel movement. Using flaxseed oil or flaxseeds, in general, can help you maintain a happy stomach.

3. Lignans

Flaxseeds are also a rich source of anti-oxidants. In fact, they are the largest source of it and can be said to contain about 8000 times the antioxidants than any other plant-based foods contain.

But Why Flaxseed Oil For Hair?

Including all the good nutrients that the flaxseeds and the flaxseed oil contain, it can be said that flaxseed oil for natural hair is really a thing when we are talking about hair health. Since the omega-3 fatty acids and the proteins form up the main parts of our hair strands, it must get pretty obvious that this oil can prove to be really beneficial for healthy hair.

Here are some of the best benefits that the flaxseed oil has to offer for your hair.

  • Flaxseed oil has a great amount of omega-3 fatty acids, omega-4 fatty acids, minerals and essential vitamins that are required for a healthy hair growth.
  • Some people use Flaxseed oil for hair growth. This is because even just 2 spoons of it are enough for your daily fatty acids and vitamins requirement. Supplying the hair strands their much essential nutrients, the flaxseed oil is great when you are looking for something to trigger your hair growth.
  • Flaxseed oil doesn’t only help with hair growth, but it also prevents hair fall. Since the fatty acids make up for hair growth, the essential minerals help in making the hair follicle stronger and hence, eliminate hair fall.
  • Using flaxseed oil regularly on the hair will get rid of any flakiness or visible dandruff from the scalp.
  • Flaxseed oil is also helpful in giving your hair strands a certain shine and luster. This is because it moisturizes your scalp and helps in the formation of hydrated hair. This brings out a natural shine in the hair.
  • A weekly warm flaxseed oil hair massage can do all the above-mentioned tricks when done regularly every week.

 

You Will Be Amazed To See The Benefits Of Flaxseed Oil For Hair!

Have you tried or are you thinking about trying flaxeed oil? For a healthy hair opinion, #AskKarlinesSalon! We’re just a call (561-471-0900) or click away.


Hair Transformation Testimonies: The Journey from Relaxed to Natural

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In this Transformation Day post, three women share their hair journeys from relaxed to natural. If you are thinking of or ready for a hair transformation, these true stories will inspire you.

Michelle Thompson

Personal-Finance Counselor and Coach, Washington, D.C.

Three Women Open Up About Embracing Their Natural Hair & Leaving Relaxers Behind

“I started experimenting with relaxers when I was 18 years old. I always wore my hair in curls, but the relaxer made them look looser. I stopped dyeing my hair when I was 35. My mother was prematurely gray, so after she passed, wearing my natural silver hair was a way to celebrate her life. But I didn’t stop using relaxers until seven years later. I loved the silki- ness of my hair when it was relaxed and how it allowed me to copy old-school hairstyles, like ’40s waves. …I did my first big chop and cut off all of the relaxed hair in 2010. …As my hair grew back, I realized that its texture had changed. It’d been 26 years since I’d seen it, and it wasn’t as thick or naturally coily anymore. I still get a little frustrated because my Afro doesn’t stand up as much as it did when I was younger. It kind of falls to the side, so I have to part it strategically. No one talks about what that’s like. But my hair is now the greatest expression of freedom in my life. Here I am, natural hair, Afro, silver. Let’s just embrace it all. I’m creating a new history for my daughters. Now I see them embracing their own natural textures; I love seeing that they’re free to live their authentic life.”

On Her Routine:
“When my hair is longer, I’ll twist or braid it and then take it out over the course of the week and let it get fuller and fuller. Right now, my hair is short, so it’s just wash and go…  When I jump out of the shower, I just put some argan oil in it. Sometimes I shape it with my fingers; sometimes I just run my fingers through it and that’s what it’s going to do for the day.”

Damaris Lewis

Model, New York City

Three Women Open Up About Embracing Their Natural Hair & Leaving Relaxers Behind

“I started dancing when I was seven, which meant I was sweating a lot. Having a perm allowed me to go dance, sweat, and not have to get my hair done the next day. Wash and go, whatever that means for your hair type, could have worked just as well, but unfortunately that just wasn’t the standard of beauty. When you first start modeling, they give you a look, and my look was long extensions. It was nobody’s fault; when they met me, my hair had a perm, so they just heightened that straightness. And then one day, two years ago this month, I decided to stop wearing a weave. And this past February, I did the big chop. There is, however, a big misconception that natural hair is bouncy, curly, flowy hair. I thought I was going to wash my hair and have phenomenal bouncy curls, but that was not the case. I have very tight curls. But I love that it gives me the option to do whatever I want. This is my first summer being able to swim, to wash my hair, to just be free. I’ve never done that before. It’s going to be life-changing.”

On Her Routine:
“My friend has a company called Adeba Nature. She bottles African black soap and corn-kernel oil that she grows in her backyard in the Ivory Coast. It’s the best shampoo. And I mix two leave-in conditioners… and put them in my hair right after I wash it. If I have a meeting, I get my hair put into flexi-rods at the salon — I get elongated curls when they take them out. If not, I’ll put in a little almond oil, leave-in conditioner, Bantu-knot my hair, let it air-dry, then take it out the next day.

Kilee Hughes

Founder and CEO, Six One Agency, Los Angeles

Three Women Open Up About Embracing Their Natural Hair & Leaving Relaxers Behind

“I went to a predominantly white school in Orange County, California. My brother and my sister and I were the only African-American kids. When you start to develop crushes, it’s on people like Timmy or Johnny. There was no DaQuan, you know what I mean? So of course I wanted to fit in, and that meant having straight hair. And I was one of five, so my mother was time-poor. Relaxing our hair was very much done with convenience in mind. Flatirons didn’t exist, so my mom pressed our hair as well. …Even as an adult, I did relaxers for many years. I only started rocking my natural hair four years ago, and it was not something I embraced at first. Transitioning is very tough. It’s very emotional. I had long, straight pieces that I tried to hold on to because I didn’t want to lose the length. It’s challenging to be in the corporate world and have natural, curly hair. Times are changing, but I’ve got big hair. …I still have some insecurities, but today I went to a big boardroom and wore my hair curly. I love my hair. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be wearing it.”

On Her Routine:
“I watch these YouTube videos by Curls and Couture, Avielle Amore, and Happycurlhappygirl, pause them, and run to the shower to attempt it. I use six to eight products in my hair routine. …I dry my hair with the Dyson. It was a big purchase, but it came highly recommended by black beauty editors as a way to speed up my routine and still have poppin’ curls. My hair still takes two hours to dry, so if my arm gets tired, I’ll prop it up on my computer. You gotta do what you gotta do!”

The women featured above are not alone in journey from relaxed to natural. According to the consumer research firm Mintel, 71% of black adults in the U.S. wore their hair naturally at least once in 2016.

If you’re inspired and motivated to make the transition, #AskKarlinesSalon for guidance and care of your natural hair journey. We’re just a call (561-471-0900) or click away.

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Finishing Tips for a Great Hair Day

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Mane: a reference to hair
Monday: the second day of a hair professional’s weekend

Even on a stylist’s day off, she – that would be me – is still thinking about your hair! Welcome to my Mane-ly Monday,  time and space for collective observations and opinions on all things hair:  trends, techniques, treatments, tools, environment and more. As I reflect, recharge, and review the book for the week ahead, may my hair muse, music, and finishing tips for a great hair day motivate you, too.

Let’s start with you, and these finishing tips to maintain the health and style of your hair until your next appointment.  In the morning, nourish and moisturize your hair. The product recommended and available at Karline’s Salon is Enjoy Hair Care‘s Nourishing and Moisturizing Oil.

It is a luxurious blend of premium oils that revitalize, restore, seal, enhance shine and smoothness to the hair. We frequently feature this product as our product of the month, so follow Karline’s Salon to snag a significant discount.

At night, protect your hair with satin. Satin is one of the best-kept secrets of at-home hair care for all types and textures. It is an investment you will not regret. Unlike other fabrics, such as cotton and wool, satin maintains the hair’s natural moisture, prevents breakage and reduces frizz.  It is a smooth fabric that does not pull or tangle the strands of the hair.

Satin Pillowcase for Hair Protection – Truth or Myth?

A lot of people don’t even realize how much can depend on the kind of pillow they sleep on but don’t worry if you are one of them because now is the time for you to find out the truth.

So toss the uncomfortable rollers, pins and harmful bandanas.  Wrap your hair in our satin StyleGuard or lay your head on a KS Satin Pillowcase. Head over to the KS Hair Care Shop for more product information.

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The KS Satin StyleGuard

Now, here’s my hair muse for the week.  I am crushing on pink and have been since I transformed this client’s color over the summer. In fact, recently Refinery 29 proclaimed, Wear One Color In 2018, Make It Pink! Read the article here.

And my music motivation, another MICK re-mix, Swimming Pools 3, featuring a little Aaliyah, Marvin Gaye, Tears For Fears, The Weeknd, and more.  Check it out!

Now that I am in the groove for a productive week, shared two essential finishing tips to make every day a great hair day, remember to make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy hair.

Have a great week!

Karline

 


FORMULA 18: Healthy Hair on the Fast Track

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What if there was a treatment that offered long-term protection, strengthened the hair fiber and created a smoother appearance? There is, and it’s FORMULA 18, F18 for short, developed by Enjoy Hair Care. We at Karline’s Salon like to think of this plant-based reinforcement treatment as healthy hair on the fast track. Here’s why:   

Enjoy Hair Care describes FORMULA 18 as:

A chemically resilient material that ionically binds to the hair’s cuticle and offers long-term protection from harsh hair color, free radicals, peroxides, and environmental stressors.  Damaged hair has a raised cuticle, while healthy hair has a smooth, closed cuticle.  FORMULA 18 penetrates between uplifted scales in the cuticle to create a stapling effect with a smoother, healthier appearance.  FORMULA 18 is a blend …to aid in reducing and fixing damage done to the cuticle while simultaneously strengthening the hair fiber.

So what does this mean for you?  FORMULA 18:

  • Instantly repairs hair
  • Mends split ends
  • Locks in Moisture
  • Enhances strength and
    durability
  • Maintains your hair integrity
  • Gives long-lasting protection
  • Leaves the hair feeling softer and smoother

 

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Take an expanded tour of F18 transformations here.  In the meantime, #AskKarlinesSalon about this remarkable treatment and another Enjoy Hair Care product we simply love, the Nourishing and Moisturizing Oil.


Ready to rev up your tresses? Make an appointment to visit your South Florida sanctuary for healthy and happy hair.

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Mineral Deposits May Be Wrecking Your Hair Even If You Have Soft Water | BELLEMOCHA.com

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… this morning, I stumbled upon a study on the impact of hard water on the hair and suddenly, I’m fully recommitted rewarding my hair and skin with soft water once again.

We already know that hard water chemical deposits on the hair create a barrier layer that prevents moisture penetration and retention.  This mineral absorption could impact the structural properties of the hair without our knowledge. But did you also know that your hair type can determine how much mineral content is absorbed into the strands?

Let me explain what I mean by hair type.  I’m not referring to curl texture but the condition of the hair.  I’m talking about the condition of the hair.  According to the article I read, “the popularity of hair treatments that alter the chemical nature of hair, e.g.. coloring, bleaching, and relaxing, suggests that even more consumers are susceptible to an uptake of mineral absorption if they are exposed to water with any degree of hardness ions.” What this means is that has been chemically altered was found to absorb more minerals from water versus virgin hair.  Although they didn’t mention this in the article, I suspect that damaged virgin hair  (from heat or other factors) could attract more hardness ions than healthy virgin strands.

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Source: Mineral Deposits May Be Wrecking Your Hair Even If You Have Soft Water | BELLEMOCHA.com

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A Shot of HydraTriplex

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Karline’s Salon clients love the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger product line and the new HydraTriplex Treatment is yet another reason why. The treatment restores moisture and makes the hair 82 percent softer and more manageable. The professional application takes less than 15 minutes and the results are nothing short of amazing. For a beYOUtiful transformation, here are three  reasons to consider a shot of HydraTriplex on your next salon visit.

  • The HydraTriplex Treatment revives dry, frizzy hair with a rich, concentrated blend of amino acids, vegetable proteins and nourishing oils.
  • A single shot of HydraTriplex instantly nourishes and softens parched/thirsty strands.
  • The cream formula penetrates the hair to hydrate, bind and seal every cuticle for a long-lasting silky smooth feel.

 

Photo courtesy of Paul Mitchell

Photo courtesy of Paul Mitchell

 

The Awapuhi Wild Ginger HydraTriplex is a revolutionary treatment to restore healthy, hydrated hair.  To learn more, #AskKarlinesSalon – we’re just a call or click away. This month only, save on this treatment and at-home care products.  See the Karline’s Salon specials here and schedule your appointment now.

Here’s to an Awapuhi Awesome with a shot of HydraTriplex day!

Karline Ricketts

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Mane-ly on Monday: Summer Hair Maintenance

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Mane-ly Monday Karline Ricketts

Mane: a reference to hair
Monday: the second day of a hair professional’s weekend

Even on a stylist’s day off, she – that would be me – is still thinking about your hair! Welcome to my Mane-ly Monday, a time and space for collective observations and opinions on all things hair:  trends, techniques, treatments, tools, environment and more. As I reflect and recharge, I’m in a Will Smith- DJ Jazzy Jeff kind of mood.  Summertime’s here and summer hair maintenance can be easy for any vacation, staycation and whatever the situation.  Here are a few tips, salon service specials, and products for a summer of healthy hair.  Plus, scroll to the bottom of this post for the DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Summertime Vol. 7 playlist.

Summer Hair Maintenance Tips

Protective Hairstyles For Summer Flyness

Styling natural hair can be both FAB and DRAB! When it comes to the dog days of summer, some even argue it’s impossible to find a style that protects, holds and looks flawless – all at once – not to mention reduces breakage!

4 Tips To Get Your Hair Pool Ready

It’s no secret that chlorine can be taxing on the hair, especially if it’s chemically treated, but that’s no reason to avoid getting some much needed pool time this summer. Natural hairstylist Aeleise Jana shares some really simple tips for us to make a splash AND keep our hair from falling victim to the dangers associated with chlorine-laden pools.

5 Summer Hair Hacks For The Natural Girl

Summer is fast approaching. Along with the most joyous season of the year comes a long list of hair woes – mainly, how to keep your natural coif from looking dry, crunchy or frizzy. While your natural texture may play a huge role in the issues you face, there are a few key steps you can follow to prepare your hair for the approaching months.

 

Summer Hair Maintenance Specials

 

Summer Hair Care Package: This is a terrific, four-visit maintenance program for healthy hair during the summer months. Each visit includes a wash, treat and style. Adults: (regularly $200) $160; Children (regularly $180) $140 – Requires full payment in advance. Call 561-471-0900 to schedule. Expires 8/31/16.

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Summer Shine: Get a free color and shine with all relaxer services, a $25 value! Book your appointment today and mention this offer. Expires 7/31/16.

Summer Hair Maintenance Products

Karline's Salon Featured Products from Enjoy Hair Care

Karline’s Salon Featured Products from Enjoy Hair Care

 

We handpicked these Enjoy Hair Care products just for you:  the 10oz Conditioning Spray and the 3.4oz Shine & Smooth. The Conditioning  Spray is a leave-in detangler that hydrates, strengthens, reduces frizz, and is great for all hair types. The Shine & Smooth eliminates frizz and leaves hair soft and silky. It locks in moisture and blocks out humidity with a weightless finish.  

Get in the groove of summertime care, make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy and happy hair.  Now here’s a great playlist of tunes for your summertime rotation.

Have a great week!

Karline

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Mane-ly on Monday: Healthy Hair is Good Hair, Period!

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Mane-ly Monday Karline Ricketts

Mane: a reference to hair
Monday: the second day of a hair professional’s weekend

Even on a stylist’s day off, she – that would be me – is still thinking about your hair! Welcome to my Mane-ly Monday, a time and space for collective observations and opinions on all things hair:  trends, techniques, treatments, tools, environment, and more. As I reflect and recharge, I must confess that I am one hand in and one hand out of Beyonce’s latest release, Lemonade – all because of the lyric, “Better call Becky with the good hair.”  I’m not stirring controversy. In fact, I consider myself to be a member of the Beyhive and love Beyonce’s artistry, fierceness, and fabulousness. Further, I am in total awe of how she surrounds herself with courageous and amazing women and girls, including Sabrina Fulton and Leslie McSpadden (mothers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, respectively), Serena Williams, Quvenzhané Wallis, Zendaya, Winnie Harlow, Amandla Stenberg, and more.  That said, we must stop, I repeat STOP, perpetuating hair stereotypes.  It’s divisive and harmful.  Good hair is healthy hair, no matter the type or texture.  Now, let’s change up the lyrics and sing “Better call Karline’s for the healthy hair!

Here are a couple of perspectives on the notion of good hair.

 

 

I encourage you to start a conversation, particularly with our children.  Empower them to be bold and confident.  Teach them self-esteem and to embrace their unique beauty, inside and out.  And when it comes to our hair, we all need to free our minds, so that the rest will follow.  Sorry Bey, but this is the tune I’m humming today.

 

Join our chorus, make an appointment to visit Karline’s Salon, your West Palm Beach sanctuary for healthy and happy hair.

Have a great week!!

Karline

PS:  For more “tea” on Lemonade, I highly recommend the article, Beyoncé’s Lemonade and the Undeniable Power of a Black Woman’s Vulnerability, featured on vulture.com.


What if I Relax My Edges Every Other Week

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Stop. Stop right now and here’s why. You can cause severe damage including hair loss and thinning. Moreover, it will take quite a bit of time to repair the damage done. Here are a few more reasons, courtesy of Design Essentials (full disclosure: Karline’s Salon uses Design Essential professional products and is a local retailer).

The temple areas should not be relaxed every two weeks. Normally the density of the hair is lower around the edges, and it is almost impossible to prevent over processing if the hair is relaxed every two weeks. Professional stylists can give you the appearance of a relaxer by using special techniques, styling tools and professional products.

Karline Ricketts, Master Stylist and Educator

Karline Ricketts, Master Stylist and Educator

One of the leading confessions I hear from new clients is that they relax their edges in between touch-ups. To prevent breakage, thinning and balding, remember that your edges are fragile follicles, so avoid over-processing and excessive heat. In addition, if you’re under stress, grab a squeeze ball instead of pulling on the edges of your hair. To smooth out-of-control or dry edges without chemical processing, I recommend Design Essentials’ Sleek Edge Control, which comes in three different strengths: maximum hold, medium and firm. Regardless of your texture, it tames the edges and works for both natural and relaxed hair.

Design Essentials Sleek Edge Control

Design Essentials Sleek Edge Control

Get on the road to healthy hair repair and maintenance, feel free to #AskKarlinesSalon and make an appointment to visit  our West Palm Beach, FL sanctuary for healthy and happy hair.

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Karline Ricketts

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Is Your Easter Bonnet Harmful for Your Hair?

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KS Easter Hats-1The Easter bonnet is steeped in history, tradition and culture. However, for obvious reasons, we hair stylists, “artists,” have a love-hate relationship with hats. In fact, it pains us to see our masterful work under cover. Think about it, would you visit a museum to see all of its artifacts under a cloth? How would you feel if you were an actor giving the performance of your life without an audience, or if you paid top dollar for tickets to see your favorite band and they played behind a curtain? Hair under a hat is like the air we breathe – you cannot see it. Our feelings aside, there are times, circumstances and occasions that you will choose a hat over your hairdresser’s ego. Therefore, we are not going to rain on your parade or spoil the best of your Sunday best to tell you not to wear a hat.   But we’d be remiss if we did not remind you that a hat is an accessory, and healthy hair is a necessity. So in the name of all things fashion, let us celebrate millinery (women’s hats) and how to wear them responsibly so that it does not damage your hair.

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Photo credit: istolethetv / Foter / CC BY

The History of the Easter Bonnet

The history of the Easter bonnet goes back farther than many of us realize. Easter Bonnets even go farther back in time than Easter itself. The first bonnets, usually a circle of leaves and flowers, symbolized the cycle of the seasons and the coming of Spring. The Christian holiday of Easter celebrates new life and rebirth with pure and new clothing. Later on in history came the “Sunday of Joy,” the Easter after the end of the Civil War. This day allowed mothers and daughters to come out of mourning dawning pastel colors and incorporating the spring flowers. The 1870’s marked the beginning of the Easter Parade in New York. The Easter Parade allowed women to proudly show off their new spring clothing and Easter Bonnets.

The Easter fashion traditions are still alive today, celebrated among the young and old. Easter bonnets come in all shapes, sizes, colors and designs. Easter bonnets often mark the beginning of many people’s love of hats. Their beauty is well known and admired. They still symbolize new life in the coming of spring, warm weather and religious celebrations.

By Anne Kreke
Read the original post at Hats and Veils.

The Modern Day Bonnet

The New York City Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival along Fifth Avenue is one of the nation’s most celebrated traditions and traces its roots back to the 1870s. Let’s fast forward to the 2000s to admire some of the event’s most festive creations.

We cannot deny the strong, spiritual, year-round devotion to hats. On any given Sunday in many African American churches, you’ll find a creation, perhaps the work of a local millinery like LA’s Leola Speed, that will make you want to stand up and shout: Best in Show.

Wear Hats Responsibly!

So, should you choose to rock a hat for style, fun, convenience or shade (from the sun, not to throw an insult), do so in a way that maintains the health of your hair. Here are a few tips to wear a hat responsibly:

  • Use a daily moisturizer to prevent frizz and static caused by dryness.
  • Ask your stylist for about products that build volume because a hat will push your hair down and flatten your style.
  • Style your hair a bit fuller than you normally would before you put on a hat to keep some of the volume when you take it off.
  • Never put a hat on your wet hair. Doing so may cause tension, breakage and the ultimate case of hat head when the hair is dry.
  • Give your hair room to breathe. Wearing a tight hat causes the hair to get greasy at the roots but dry at the ends. When the hat rubs against dry hair, it may cause it to break. A tight hat will put pressure on your head (it should feel comfortable and not pressed against your head), crush your curls and make your scalp sweat, making the situation worse.
  • Wear a satin cap or scarf underneath your hat to prevent your hair from breaking and dryness and to preserve your hairstyle.
  • Look for hats with a satin or silk lining.
  • Straw hats should be tightly woven and smooth. If the straw is loose and sticks out of the hat, it will easily pull on the hair, making it break. If the weave of the straw isn’t tight enough, sun will shine through it and minimize the UV protection of the hat.

For more information, check out the links below or #AskKarlinesSalon. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.

Wearing Hats With Natural Hair for Minimal Damage – Visit this link.

Wearing Hats with Natural Hair – Visit this link.

Does Wearing Hats Have Any Effect on Hair Health? – Visit this link.

 


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